Vinemind is an ‘experimental collaboration’ from Colin McBryde and Jen Gardner, the people behind ‘Some Young Punks’. The fruit is sourced completely from the Clare Valley, to ‘dive into its persona as a region.’ Their Riesling is inspired by those from the German region of Rheinhessen, known for producing some great but also underrated wines. After fermentation, the whites are ‘rested’ in concrete, which gives them a slatey, textured palate, while the reds (principally Shiraz/Malbec) are fermented in concrete, spending less time on skins than normal, in order to make lighter, less tannic wines. Surprisingly, Riesling has a higher alcohol percentage than the Shiraz/Malbec (14.5% vs 12.5%). This is less surprising when you realise that ‘VineMind’ are trying to appeal to people who want to challenge their own ideas about what Australian wines should be. Viticulturist Dylan Grigg, who operates a viticulture consulting service, works with the VineMind team to help them better understand the vineyard and therefore make better wines.
The ‘Shiraz Malbec’ shows characters of blackberry, liquorice and cedar on the nose and palate with dry tannins and bright acidity and a medium-length finish. The ‘Riesling’ is clear with a greenish tinge and shows zesty lime and lemon aromas and flavours, with crunchy acidity and minerality followed by a long, refreshing finish.
For more information on VineMind, head to their website.